A couple of years back, A.R. Rahman and Abbas Tyrewala
created a very good musical outing in the form of Jaane
Tu Ya Jaane Naa. But naturally, you do expect something
magical all over again in Jhootha Hi Sahi as well. Of
course, this one is not a traditional romcom that would
result in those template created songs that time and again
do fit into the situation. Jhootha Hi Sahi has a
telephone instrument pretty much playing the other lead
character as well and hence you do expect lyricist Abbas
Tyerewala and composer A.R. Rahman to do something different
from what is conventional. Still, a feel good score is what
you do want to hear eventually.
Honestly, you don't quite warm up to the opening number 'Cry Cry'
instantly. The slow movement of the song coupled with some very simple, though
average sounding lyrics, don't make you sit up and notice beyond a point. While
Rashid Ali begins crooning this song about being happy in life rather than
worrying about things which are not in one's control, Shreya Ghoshal joins in
only after half of 'Cry Cry' is through. However, the fact remains that
despite giving the song a repeated hearing, it doesn't quite settle down to be
the kind of number that qualifies as an opening track in an album.
Slightly taken aback by this time, one plays on 'Maiyya Yashoda'
that comes next. This is one of the unlikeliest of Rahman compositions though
one doesn't mind that as the simplicity factor pretty works this time around. A
festive number about the folk fare of Krishna, his 'Yashoda maiyya' and the 'gopis',
'Maiyya Yashoda' arrives in a 'desi Jamuna Mix' and a 'videsi Thames
mix'. The two versions highlight the cultural dissimilarities due to Jamuna and
Thames rivers to be on the opposite sides of the continents.
Though the songs do bring on some energy into the album, you still are in
lookout for the kind of songs that make an A.R. Rahman soundtrack something
special. Thankfully you start getting a glimpse of that with 'Hello Hello'
coming in next. This one could well qualify as a theme track since it narrates
the tale of the protagonist who - as the receiver of a hotline number - is
attached to his phone instrument. Though from the theme perspective, it does
remind one of the title theme track of Karthik Calling Karthik, in spirit
it is far livelier when compared to the dark undertone that the Farhan Akhtar
However, the wait to hear something remarkable is finally over with Sonu Nigam
coming up with one of the best songs rendered by him - 'Do Nishaaniyan'.
Not just the music arrangements are fantastic; the overall flow of 'Do
Nishaaniyan' is extremely pleasant as well that makes one play on the number
repeatedly. Reminding one of the kind of Mohd. Rafi numbers from the 60s, though
presented in a contemporary manner, 'Do Nishaaniyan' not just promises to
make an impact in the film's narrative but also stay on with the music lover to
be played for many more months to come. No wonder, the song deservedly appears
in much slower 'Heartbreak version' as well.
Have you already been impressed with the sound that accompanies the talkie promo
of Jhootha Hi Sahi? In that case, there is a reason to celebrate as most
of it actually comes from the fun track 'Pam Pa Ra'. A sweet song
about a girl being happy with the conversation that she had with a stranger on
the hotline, this Shreya Ghoshal rendered track has a heart felt appeal to it
and brings on the expected exuberance of the protagonist. Expect some gloss and
fluorescence when this song appears on screen.
Vijay Yesudas brings on an international experience with his Hinglish track
'I've Been Waiting' which has a jazzy blue feel to it. Reminding one of 'My
Heart Is Beating' [Julie] even though this one is different in theme
and spirit, 'I've Been Waiting' works even though it has some heavy duty
poetry forming the Hindi lyrics. This one is for a romantic night out and is
bound to make your heart beat go even slower if it is in anticipation of your
Beginning the album with 'Cry Cry', Rashid Ali ends it with much better 'Call
Me Dil'. In fact one really wonders why this song didn't arrive at the very
beginning of the album since it has an intrinsic sweetness to it that would have
set the context of the film there and then. Telling the tale of the protagonist
who is required to hide his identity as someone on the other side of the
hotline, it also features the words Jhootha Hi Sahi that lay the
foundation of the song.
Jhootha Hi Sahi starts on a jerky note and actually takes
some time to settle down. However once it does, it turns out to
be a pleasant sounding album that has at least a couple of songs
that have a long lasting appeal, if not instant. These A.R.
Rahman songs may not turn out to be roaring chartbusters now.
Still, it can pretty much be rest assured that if the film works
at the box office, the music too would find itself in much
demand. Also, for those who can get a hand on the wonderfully
packaged 'Collector's Edition', there is also a Karoake CD of
all the songs to play around with.
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